Depression Doesn’t Have A Certain ‘Look’.
Now you might have that stereotypical face of depression in your mind. You know, the one where someone is holding a vodka in one hand and a suicide note in the other with makeup running down the face. I am here to tell you that you are wrong.
Depression does not have a face. Someone close to you might be feeling helpless and worthless, and you may never even know. Since September is a National Suicide Prevention Month, we have compiled some pictures with the hashtag #faceofdepression that show the reality.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs urgent help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go to their official website to live chat with a counsellor.
#1 Talinda Bennington.
#2 Jordan Pauline Cain.
The face of depression. Sometimes it looks optimistic. Sometimes it doesn’t. And having a smart, beautiful child doesn’t mean those feelings don’t exist or that they’re not valid. She loves me on my good days and my bad days.
#3 Alice Emma Louise.
#4 Codi Natelli.
Major Depression & PPD here. 3 weeks pp with #2 & going to the doctor is helping. Most times I feel like I’m drowning but last couple of days it’s been easier.
Sometimes just talking about it can be cathartic. PLEASE seek help if you need it. It’s not failure. Sometimes you just need a little more time to get your shit together and that’s OK, because being a functional parent is hard fucking work.
#6 Self Love Club.
#7 My Journey.
#8 Amy Kramer.
Currently at the doctor seeking help, most have no idea what I’m going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can’t sleep at night because of panic attacks.
#9 Stephanie Melanowski Martin.
Bipolar disorder here,(with a heavy emphasis on the depression side)…I get up, put on a full face of makeup, wear a fun dress, all while struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts..
#10 Self Love Club.
#11 Jessica Woodard Sowards.
#12 Lisa Althoff.
This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting.
#13 Self Love Club.
#14 Brittany Schroeder.
My #faceofdepression and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child. Hearing, “You don’t have a reason to be depressed with her around” doesn’t do shit but make me feel worse about myself Being told, “All you need is exercise and a good diet”
It just makes me want to throat punch you even though you’re coming from a good place Depression keeps you from doing things you want to do because it’s literally a chemical imbalance in your brain.
#15 Zoe Vanmeter.
This is depression in our home. I tried to hang myself in my attic when the board broke and I broke through the ceiling alerting my family. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can’t break through. I don’t understand it. So, I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it. I have a wonderful family. I feel selfish, lost, sick and angry at myself.
My brain has always been a little scrambled and I’ve fought just to make it through school, I can’t keep a job. I can’t stay in task long enough or I take too long. I leave before I get fired. It’s hard to feel worthless and I hate feeling like a burden to my family. I have so much pain inside. I’m in therapy I have meds.
All I know is even though I feel like suicide would make life easier for my family, I also feel like if I could just get my head fixed and could be someone worthy, I really would like to stay around. I have been trying for so long I don’t know if it’s gonna happen for me.
Today I am here. We will see how tomorrow goes tomorrow. I take it day for day and some times hour by hour. Sometimes i think If I can get through one more hour I’ll go to bed and I’ll sleep until tomorrow and see how it goes. Today has been OK. I’m trying to find something good today to give hope for tomorrow. Today I try.
#16 Agnieszka Ostrowska.
This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself. Will never understand it…
#17 Tasha Bernstein Collins.
This is my son , right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later he followed through.
#18 Self Love Club.
#19 Rayna Gawel.
My daughter as well. The night before she ended up in the hospital they went to the daddy daughter dance and had an amazing time. Thankfully she’s still alive today and learning to beat her illness. She was 8 at the time.